There is a lot at stake in the British team of Sir Ben Ainslie, who are participating in the final lap of the America’s Cup World Series.
The catamaran of foiling prototypes that this 130 crew member team is sailing is an 80 million pound investment by the Land Rover BAR team. This team has been successful in attaining a leading position so far in the nine event series of this competition. The fans are hoping that the Auld Mug would be won back to Britain with this team this year.
The team is hoping to maintain their top position in the Fukuoka waters of Japan. They would need to win about two bonus points which will help add on a psychological advantage factor for the team as they move to Bermuda waters for the qualifier event for next year after this. They would have to defeat teams from New Zealand as well as Sweden, France and Japan besides keeping off the defending champions for the event, the Oracle US team to stay on top.
The battle with an Oracle US team would be head to head for this event. Ainslie stated to the media that they need to keep their focus and not get distracted with the teams that are moving up behind them. For this event Ainslie has been losing weight as a skipper. The gold that he won at London 2012 with a Finn dinghy saw him at 95 kg. He has now come down to 80 kg. Others in the team are trying to bulk up such as Giles Scott.